Microsoft released the consumer preview of the much talked about Windows 8 at the Mobile World Congress 2012 yesterday. Microsoft had released the developer preview last year but this consumer preview is more stable with additional features.
It is the first operating system by Microsoft which will be compatiable with low power ARM microprocessor and will run on laptops, tablets and desktops.
Windows 8 will have two main versions. One for the traditional x86 chips made by Intel for desktop and laptops, and a new version forthe ARM microprocessors which have become the standard for tablets, smartphones and other portable devices.
The operating system uses a totally new interface, Metro, which is familar for people using Windows Phones. In the new Metro interface, users will be able to see all their content and apps in ‘Live Tiles’. Some information displayed in these tiles includes Email, updates from Facebook, Twitter, latest blog posts, latest news, playlists, contacts ect.
All apps and functions are pinned to these tiles and interaction is as simple as clicking them. A full screen view of your tiles fills the desktop and it can be scrolled horizontally. The whole interface is customizable and yo can pin apps, programs, documents and webpages among other things.
If you don’t like the Metro interface you can easily switch the old traditional desktop. Once you do switch to it, one can see general improvements overall to common stuff like the task manager.
The lack of buttons and windows is apparent when you look at the interface. There are gestures you can use instead as shortcuts. For those who don’t have touch tablets there are mouse gestures available. too.
A surprise in Windows 8 is how good Internet Explorer 10 is. Fluid, fast and responsive, its actually a worthy alernative to Chrome and Firefox.
Here are some Screenshots for your viewing pleasure:
Windows 8 has literally got hundreds of new features so a rundown of what’s new would make this a very lenghty post, so give it a spin. The minimum requirements are:
- 1 GHz or faster processor
- 1 GB RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
- 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
- DirectX 9 graphics device with screen resolution
There may be additional requirements to see certain features like Snap and Touch based geastures through.
The Windows 8 Consumer Preview is available worldwide for download in English, French, German, Japanese, and simplified Chinies languages
If you want an ISO file then follow the below link:
Or you can just go the following link let it decide which version would be suitable for you:
Note: Only upgrading from Windows 7 is treated as a full up gradation. If you upgrade from Windows XP or Windows 8 developer preview, only your user accounts and files will be saved and you’ll lose your settings and programs.